Hey, I guess I'm not the only one, Woz likes it too. What's wrong with him? Or me? It's not cool to like WP7 or Nokia. Damn it, I'm not cool.
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- Sorry for the response-explosive-diarrhea. So here goes:
Android's UI graphical design is much like your various Linux DE's. Be it Gnome, Unity, KDE, E17 etc, they all look "not bad" or "ok" until you put them next to Win7 Aero or OSX. For whatever reason, Linux DE's iconsets, fonts, colors, window shadows/borders etc all look like they were designed by some really really talented hobbyists, while Win7/OSX DE look like there was a group professionals tweaking that last corner radius etc.
ICS looks good, no doubt (for example, I've carried Roboto everywhere, to Win7 and now to my newly-found-love, again, Arch with Openbox). The little taste I got running one of the ICS beta versions for HTC G2, it is indeed much improved. But IMO ICS is still just a refreshed Gingerbread UI, whereas WP7.5 is the new kid on the block (to me that is). Regardless of the ROM I ended up with on the G2, every single one felt like the UI was an after-thought. If Android otherwise would give me the sense of deep integration, like running ArchLinux with Openbox -- instant, simple, clean -- the shortcomings of Android's UI design would be easier to forgive. But on mid-range hardware (G2's 800 MHz Qualcomm OC'd to 1.0-1.2GHz, 512MB RAM) everything ran like it was on VirtualBox. After playing with a friend's stock but rooted Galaxy S2, I'm even more convinced the UI could be much more polished.
Of course after months of use, any UI will become just another UI. But for now WP7.5 offers a nice breath of freshness.
I used to think I need Maemo/Android, due to the "openness" of both OS's. But after months/year(s) of tweaking, rooting, ROMming, overclocking, changing transitions, swappiness, tinkering with radio libs etc, I realized I just tried to be a superuser who needed SSH, FTP, a terminal emulator etc. when in reality I don't need any of that; in fact without having the Linux flavor in my daily computing, I'd probably be typing this on a MacBook while listening to iTunes on my iPhone 4s :P
So I've KISSed my OS/device-quest. I like the looks of the Lumia 900. LTE is very fast (until more devices start hogging my bandwidth), the UI is clean, fast and the live tiles work well for my use. MS/Nokia apps load very quickly and so far have been bug-free (and most 3rd party apps as well); Nokia Drive is a fantastic -- best I've used -- navigation app. The phone's one and only reboot almost happened while tethering, and either a podcast was downloading in the background, email or a text came through, but the phone became unresponsive for 10-15 secs; after which it resumed its operation, with tether on, with the email/text through and life continued like nothing had happened. So, so far zero reboots since I got the phone on April 8.
But strangely enough the real revelation came after using a not-so-perfect 3rd party Google Voice app: the call quality of the Lumia compared to the other devices the household has used (Nokia E61i, the N900, iPhone 4 and HTC G2) is like night and day. Whereas the HTC's built-in Google-ordained GVoice-app loaded up instantly, it looked like a teenager had designed it on a napkin and the 1/2 - 1 sec voice delay (both on WiFi and HSPDA+), annoying as sh!t echo and consistently dropped calls made me regularly question 1) the phone, 2) the app 3) the connection. With Lumia: none of that. It's weird to say this, but after 2 years, I actually enjoy phone conversations again!
Phew, I'm done now, that felt good :)Apr 28, 2012
- Yeah, it'll be very difficult to convert Android users who are on the platform for specific reasons, but I'll give the more casual users like me, a better chance; yet if the big box stores don't pick up on WP quick, it'll be a very small and quick blip on the OS radar. I don't expect to have WP8 on my Lumia, but I'm pretty sure if WP8 doesn't deliver on desktop/tablets, it won't do it on phones either, which then leads to a quick death to WP7 and 8, and Nokia. But hey, I like backing the underdog!Apr 28, 2012
- Wow, interesting. Very different from my own feelings about WP. Of course I don't have one, but have played with them and of course read a lot about the Lumias. You're not bothered by lack of apps then? Annoyed by non-widgets that show nothing but a number? The app list (vertical scroll,one line per app) from 1995?
It's interesting to hear a Android/Maemo user like WP that much, since I have to say I really, really dislike the lego boxes. I don't know if it's caused by Win8 Consumer Preview or not, but I get very annoyed when I see the Lumia interface, I just don't see how the boxes can be considered useful. And they're ugly. In my opinion, but I know many like the look. I just don't, it's so...uh. ugly.
For me Win8 Consumer Preview has made me decide that my next laptop, i badly need one, will be a new Macbook Pro with Win7 VM for work, once they update the Macbooks. As for WP, I dislike the interface enough that I just don't think I'll ever touch that.
Let us know how you like the Lumia in a month or so, interested to hear if you still will.Apr 29, 2012
- ...gotta add, though, that as for the KISS thing, I totally get that. In computers, I have been using my Win7 laptop (slow as it is, poor thing dying away) over the Linux distributions, just easier, I agree. In mobile devices, keeping it simple was pretty much the reason for going Android over the N900 and for not getting the n9. It was - and still is - good for me, as pretty much all the Maemo acronyms are available for the rare cases when needed (ssh and dlna the ones I actually do use at least weekly on tablet or phone), but all the commercial goodies are still available. We're clearly getting old - preferring simple. Hmh. Bad geeks.Apr 29, 2012
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